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Free Fall

Crais, Robert
A sweet young girl asks Elvis Cole to find out what is troubling her policeman fiance.

A lot of authors mention brand names in their stories to add a certain verisimilitude. I was thinking while reading the description of Jennifer's clothing (page 2)that it would be amusing if her underwear specifics were mentioned. On page 24 Elvis finds a red 36c Lily Of France brassiere under Mark's bed. Elvis doesn't think Jennifer is a 36c.

Words I Had To Look Up:

backseat of her MB (pg. 87) -- Oh, it stands for Mercedes Benz. I had to look that up!
an ordinary TDK half-inch VHS cassette (pg. 214) -- Rather than one of them special ones, I guess.

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8/2010

Lullaby Town

Crais, Robert
Elvis Cole gets a famous film director for a client. He wants to find his ex-wife and the child he never knew. Because he was a jerk. Did I say "was"?

Words I Had To Look Up:

screwguns (pg. 23) -- I thought the author screwed up here, but there really are such a thing. By the way, what's a screwgun cost? More than a...oh, forget it!
Knockando (pg. 45) -- A whiskey from Scotland.
Tama Janowitz look(pg. 158) -- An author I've never heard who has long dark hair. Sort of a dark Christina Applegate. Huh.
marcel (pg.169) -- A kind of hairstyle. Very wavie.
TRAVIS BICKLE WAS RIGHTEOUS (pg. 210) -- Robert De Niro's character in Taxi Driver. Never seen that movie!

Quote:

Anyone saw it, they'd think Pike played bass for Lou Reed. (pg. 132)

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8/2010

Sunset Express

Crais, Robert
Elvis assists a famous lawyer in the defense of a rich guy accused of murdering his wife, but discovers evidence tampering.

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8/2010

Suspect

Crais, Robert
Marine dog tries out for K-9 corps at LAPD. New partner also trying out for K-9 corps. New partner also trying to figure out who nearly killed him. Good story, fast read, read in almost one sitting, mostly from 2:00 AM until 5:30 AM...

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12/2015

The First Rule

Crais, Robert
Joe Pike "investigate" the murder of his former mercenary team mate George (and his family)by Serbian gangsters.

Words I Had To Look Up:

seleras (pg. 16) -- The tough white fibrous outer envelope of tissue covering all of the eyeball except the cornea.

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8/2010

The Forgotten Man

Crais, Robert
Some guy get murdered in an alley, his last words to a policeman is he is looking for his son. Elvis Cole. Lots of stuff happens, and Cole get blasted by a shotgun. Good story!

U don't know why the San Diego County Sheriffs handled (pg. 188)that case, isn't Temecula in Riverside county?

Words I Had To Look Up:

Abita beer (pg. 200) -- Louisiana's favorite beer, it says right there on Wikipedia!

Quotes:

and was being homeschooled. (pg. 191) -- In 1969?

I found the long list of JPEGs. ... I deleted them. (pg. 231) -- Uh, Elvis, they are not REALLY deleted unless you wipe them. And even then... Also, don't you guys know how to search by file type?

mudered in Sun City, eight miles south of Temecula (pg. 264) -- I think it's eight miles NORTH of Temecula, Elvis.

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8/2010

The Last Detective

Crais, Robert
Ben, the son of Elvis Cole's girlfriend Lucy, is kidnapped by mercenaries the equal of Elvis and Joe Pike. Or nearly so.

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9/2010

The Promise

Crais, Robert
Elvis, John, and Joe track down a woman selling plastic explosive to terrorists. Possibly. Good story, some weeps, read right through.

Quote:

"What, you don't speak Bulgarian?" -- pg. 294

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9/2016

The Sentry

Crais, Robert
Joe Pike is interested in a woman whose uncle was beat-up by gang-bangers at his cafe. But, is all as it seems?

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7/2011

The Two Minute Rule

Crais, Robert
You only got two minutes to get out of the bank if you are robbing it. Ex-con Max Holman learned that the hard way. Now his is trying to find out who murdered the policeman son he never knew. Very good.

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8/2010

The Watchman

Crais, Robert
Joe Pike protects a rich girl who some drug cartel guys are trying to kill. Fast moving story.

Words I Had To Look Up:

asanas (pg. 66) -- Any of various bodily positions assumed in yogic exercise.
roil (pg. 70) -- To move or proceed turbulently.

Comment:

On page 112 in paragrah 3 we learn that Joe drinks Arrowhead water, has an SOG knife, Zeiss binoculars, and a .25 Beretta. He grabs a box of hollowpoints for the .45 (a Kimber, BTW), too. But what BRAND of hollowpoints, sir, what BRAND!!!

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8/2010

Ruby Holler

Creech, Sharon
Twins Florida and Dallas are on "loan" from the abusive orphanage they have lived in most of their lives to an elderly couple who live in a secluded cabin in the forest. A charming heart-warming story with several interesting reveals.

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10/2011

The Great Unexpected

Creech, Sharon
Two orphan girls, Naomi and Lizzie meet some odd people. Generally pretty good, and interesting, but I was a bit confused in the final chapters. Of note also, the chapters are very short. Good for my short attention span!

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11/2012

Walk Two Moons

Creech, Sharon
Salamanca misses her mother, who left them to find herself. Impressive weeps at the end.

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4/2012

A Heart For Any Fate

Crew, Linda
A semi-fictional account of a non-fictional journey on the Oregon Trail. Very good story!

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8/2019

Brides of Eden

Crew, Linda
A cult started a man who calls himself Joshua seduces women and young girls in 1903 Oregon. Based on true stuff.

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11/2009

Airframe

Crichton, Michael
This was pretty good. Lots of technical stuff! I think he is WRONG about power steering on automobiles, though! Stayed up till 1 A.M. finishing it!

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11/1998

Crisis

Crichton, Michael
Jack Stapleton get engaged, helps his estranged sisters husband who is accused of medical malpractice, and DISCOVERS A BIG SECRET, as do we all, except we do not learn the motivation, otherwise a pretty fast read, did the four hundred some pages in less than 24 hours! I rock!

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12/2006

Disclosure

Crichton, Michael
Sexual harrasment in Seattle computer company. Very good.

QUOTE:

"...And what's that terrible smell?" "I know," Cherry threw up his hands. "I ask the boys to wash every day, but what can I say. They're programmers. No better than dogs."

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2/2001

Next

Crichton, Michael
What I like about Crichton is: things move right along! Novel of effects of genetic manipulations on society. My favorite charactors were Gerard and Dave.

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4/2007
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